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Graduates profile

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Graduates profile

We’re designing a State Services-wide approach to graduate recruitment and development that provides experience through assignments in a number of different agencies. It will build on the best of existing graduate programmes run by agencies. We want to attract high achievers leaving university and encourage them to build an exciting career here.

In November SSC is hosting the first GradJam – an opportunity for graduates in their first role to come together, meet one another, and tell us what has worked in terms of their introduction to the Public Service and their personal development – and what we could do differently.

Required competencies

The State Services Leadership Success Profile (LSP) specifies the competencies needed by our leaders to deliver results in today’s challenging and complex environment. The competencies we’re looking for in graduates fit with these.

  •     Deliver results through self
  •     Deliver results through people
  •     Deliver results through vision
  •     Deliver results through execution


Leadership Success Profile competencies Graduate competencies
  • Provide impartial and forthright advice
  • Conduct interactions diplomatically and with integrity
  • Are genuine and authentic
  • Keep confidences
  • Aware of own strengths and development needs
  • Seek feedback and respond with positive personal change
  • Demonstrate persistence and ongoing commitment to achieve goals
Build strategic partnerships
  • Build and sustain positive relationships with team members, stakeholders and clients
  • Proactively offer assistance
  • Anticipate and are responsive to client and stakeholder needs and expectations
Ignite passion, pace and positivity
  • Take personal responsibility for meeting objectives and progressing work
  • Commit energy and drive to see that goals are achieved
Design and develop people capacity and capability
  • Display appropriate knowledge and understanding of cultural groups and their values
  • Value specialist and general expertise and capitalise on the expert knowledge and skills of others
Imagine an inspirational future; make it happen
  • Understand, support and promote the organisation’s vision, mission and business objectives
  • Identify the relationships between organisational goals and operational tasks
  • Clearly communicate goals and objectives to others
Create opportunities through foresight and insight
  • Gather and investigate information from diverse sources and explore new ideas and different viewpoints
  • Maintain awareness of the organisation and keep self and others well informed on work progress and issues
Collaborate to build and share a common purpose and direction
  • Understand the work environment and initiate and develop team goals, strategies and work plans
  • Identify broader factors, trends and influences that may impact on team and others’ work objectives
  • Consider the effect of issues and longer-term impact of own work on others
Innovate and integrate
  • Thrive when working with complexity
  • Synthesise disparate ideas to make meaningful connections and generate fresh approaches
  • Plan and prioritise to support innovation and improvement
Plan and prioritise
  • Review own work performance and identify opportunities for improvement
  • Make effective use of individual and team capabilities
  • Is responsive to changes in requirements
Ensure operational excellence
  • Take responsibility for meeting personal and team objectives and progressing work
  • Show initiative and do what is required
  • Commit energy and drive to see that goals are achieved.

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